R&R

Doesn’t time fly? It seems only yesterday a jubilant squad pranced about like teenagers, parading the league trophy, reveling in the party atmosphere.
One last day of work before a well deserved holiday, but hardly work at all such was the joy of the occasion.
 
Next week the team take off for our Austrian training camp, so the next few days are genuinely the last days of rest and relaxation for the bhoys.
Maybe it’s just me, but the break seems to be terribly short these days.
 
The working man out there might cough splutter thinking I get two or three weeks off per year, six weeks holidays sounds like heaven!
The athlete might have a different view.
 
Especially our athletes. They are facing a demanding preseason, because Ange makes demands. Those extra snacks and treats eaten during the off season need worked off this week, next is too late.
The competition for starting places begins with the very first day of pre season training camp, you don’t get fit then try your best,,,you turn up in good shape and ready to impress.
Many a player will be hitting the gym this week with their thoughts turning to the upcoming campaign,,still officially on holidays or not.
Given the final week won’t be all fun and games but personal preparation, is it fair to say the players get five weeks actual R&R?
Seems terribly short. Has it always been such,,or has the modern game shortened the off season?
 
The fact the squad departs next week tells us expect a signing or two soon. Ange wants his players in situ for a full training camp together, the next few days
are the perfect time to close deals and capture signatures to ensure everyone deemed essential is on that plane to Austria.
 
Which makes me realize, how many players cannot simply enjoy pure rest and relaxation during the summer as they must be available to travel and uproot to a different country at the drop of a hat?
Played a full season then half way through your hard earned rest you’re summoned elsewhere for medicals and interviews?
 
We all love a good vacation but when it comes down to it the footballers and the supporters are very different affairs.
Set time off fully away from the job, splurging to excess ignoring the scales, breaking your sleep routine,,,all things we take for granted while on holiday yet a footballer can’t.
 
And they are supposed to be the glamorous ones!
Who’d be a footballer these days?
All work and all play, literally.

By Mahe
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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big packy

The Fenian Whaler, spot on buddy👍

Twisty

The Fenian Whaler

From

Calum McGregor- £1.56m per annum

To

Scott Bain – £395k per annum

Twisty

Lowest of senior players

Conor Hazard £125k per annum

Auldheid

New UEFA Licensing Regulations explained by Swiss Rambler with a health warning from Phil in Latin to confuse and annoy his blue followers. https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2022/06/27/a-swiss-gamble/#more-24994 which links to Swiss Rambler on Twitter and asks the question can SFA be trusted to apply them?

Well worth a read of it all to reinforce the point that rules and regs must be followed and there is growing pressure to make sure the custodians of those rules either apply them or end up in custody (as in breaking the law) if they do not. That is what is being threatened by UK government to English FA as result of Tracy Crouch review – a line being pursued by The Scottish Football Supporters Association as will be seen when a video of their event discussing the failures of Scottish football is posted on You Tube.

Rebus67

I see the Sun(Yes, I know!) is reporting that ten Hag may only have 100,000 million in new money to spend on re-building MU for the coming season. Anything above that will have to be funded from outgoing transfers. Sixty-nine million seems to be earmarked for one player already. Good luck, Eric!

Celtic can only dream of a transfer budget like that.

It made me think about what happened to building a team rather than buying one. Today, unfortunately, managers are not given long to deliver results, especially in the top leagues. Consequently, managers take the short route by buying as expensively as their club can afford in order to preserve their positions. Ultimately, it will be a destructive cycle of spiralling costs that just needs one of the key sources of funds to renege for the system to collapse. Barcelona are already experiencing that via their bankers, although, to a degree, it may be politically motivated.

Sadly, it is an unwritten law in football that the team with the bigger budget tends to win. What saves the game is that that law is not absolute. Occasionally, we get a surprise result. Examples would be Leicester winning the EPL under Ranieri. Rangers getting to the final of the Europa and Celtic beating Inter Milan in 1967.

Staying with the Europa there have been many examples of lesser teams beating the odds against financially stronger opponents. Villareal beating MU, Seville beating Liverpool in 2015-16 and then beating Inter Milan in 2019-20. Throughout that tournament you can find examples of lesser teams knocking off financially stronger opponents. We all love the under dog but the reality is that the under dog has no other option but to build a team gradually. These teams cannot go out and splash the cash in order to compete at the highest level. Like it or not, Celtic is very much an under dog in any of the European competitions. In order to compete we need a manager who has an appropriate system and an eye for the right players to fit that system. The latter is important because any success from teams like Celtic invites interest in our top players. Succession planning is critical because, eventually, most of our stars will move to bigger leagues and bigger salaries.

If we think of our recent most successful managers in Europe, MON, Strachan come to mind, in addition to El Supremo, Stein. Each of them had a system in mind, and an eye for appropriately affordable players to fuel their system. You may not have liked the system but, at least, they had a plan. Unlike, for example, Lennon who let the players play. Even in his case, his greatest triumph vs Barca, was based on a system which was subsequently abandoned.

So, where does this leave us currently? Ange clearly has a system and, remarkably, he has fuelled it with bargain players such as O’Reilly, Hatate, Maeda and Hart. On the face of it, we finally seem to have the correct formula for sustained success.

However, there are some shoogly bits, as you might suspect. Firstly, is Ange’s system sustainable or is it doomed to a Bielsa collapse? Secondly, will Ange stay long enough to reform the club so that succession planning can happen? Will we replace departures with their equivalents? My thoughts turn to poor old Morton in the late sixties and early seventies. They shocked Scottish football by discovering an affordable stream of very good players from Scandinavia. They tore up the second division with this recruitment and, for a time, led the top division. The inevitable happened..they lost their top players to wealthier clubs and could not replace them with like for like.

Returning to Celtic, at least there is a semblance of a strategy in place. I have hope.

Rebus

BP

Great news.

Friesdorfer

BP
A big relief.
HH

big packy

TIM HORTON /FRIESDORFER,cheers ghuys 👍

The Fenian Whaler
They are all pampered brats(most of them)with egos to match.

fan

Big Packy
Great news on Joan.
Enjoy your carry-out and get back to being the annoying big eejit Joan’s used to for the sake of the poor woman sanity.

big packy

FAN ,cheers buddy🤩👍

Mike in Toronto

BP

Very happy to read your good news!

Auldheid
SeS

Danny Mac & McCaff St Tams Magua

Aye- The ‘we don’t stop mantra’ at times we could see that, but as St Tams has said there were times we looked burst and totally whacked in games.

McCaff – I’d definitely agree Ange sees the issue and has/will take steps to fix. The acid test will be this season when we can all see the energy levels being sustained for much longer/more effectively.

I suppose my point was really about years of sustained lack of focus on this key area. We might need a generation to lift the bar properly.

Anyhoo -We will know soon enough, and I’d welcome any improvement in that direction As a massive positive.

big packy

MIKE, THANKS PAL, luv to you and seamus 👍

SeS

BP

Superb!

Auldheid

big packy
AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, im so bliddy relieved, it was only a cyst, the doctor drained it and wee joan was out in half an hour, that was 5 days of agony, because the letter said bring a family member or a friend along with you and the procedure would take between 2 and 4 hours thats what got me terrified,,anyway big thanks to all of you on here for your kind thoughts and wishes, ive just been to asda a bottle of glenmorangie and 4 bottles of mcewans champion to celebrate, and there will be some true stories on here later🤩god bless you all👍
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Glad I just picked up on this at the good news rather than bad news bit. Another worry bites the dust.

big packy

AULDHEID ,SES cheers ghuys 👍

fan

On the player debate i have no sympathy for them.
They are handsomely payed for their work.
I have some sympathy for the Scottish players as overcoming the poor habits of our nation is difficult.
They are never poor enough to be desperate or pushed enough to be more than the sum of parts they’re given.
Their lack of game intelligence is the biggest problem in the modern game.
But when the nation’s mantra is gerrintaethem it’s an arena that requires street smarts not game intelligence to compete in youth leagues across the country.
And lack of any development plan by SFA means it’s reliant on the clubs to try to erase bad habits in lifestyle and application.
Never convinced fitness is our biggest problem in Europe but our lack of positional and game intelligence often see’s us running around twice as much against better prepared opposition.
Completing the circle is the biggest challenge we as a club face.
Hard to do when your sole business focus is continuing a profitable but rancid partnership.
Still not sure we have the people in place with the wherewithal or intelligence to complete the project?
Ange is a big hope in building for success but not convinced he has the support required for such a task.
The old ( Failure to Prepare,Prepare to Fail) adage is exactly why we are a disaster in Europe.

SeS

fan

Yes buddy – great point on the Lack of organisation – it might just seem to an untrained eye like a lack of conditioning.

Weefra

Big packy

Brilliant news big mhan. Treasure every moment with Joan. HH

St tams

BP
Great news re. you wife

Bigrailroadblues

Good evening all from the International Bar. How I suffer for my art.

Weefra

BRRB

Long may your suffering last. Lol. HH

big packy

WEEFRA /ST TAMS ,thanks ghuys 👍

Bigrailroadblues

WEEFRA, indeed mate 👍 HH. 😂🇮🇪

Bigrailroadblues

WEEFRA, I hope you come through to Glasgow sometime to meet the boys of the old brigade. AKA drunken rabble like me, BelmontBrian, Magua and Leggy. And SeS. He’s probably the worst. 😂😂

SeS

BRRB

Hehehe ye scoundrel … 😂😂

Might be in town Thursday afternoon for a few if ye are about? ☺️

bada bing1

Larsson Jnr,available on a Bosman….

big packy

BRRB ive just had 4 glasses of glenmorangie, 2 bottles of mcewans champion, and a bottle of buckfast, and im still as jober as a sudge what am i doing wrong🤩🤩

BRB

Tis a high honour indeed, to be included in such noble and august company. 😀

Hail Hail.

big packy

so you have all heard my celtic leeds story at hampden, my vojvodina story and dukla prague story at parkhead,.but have you heard the kilwinning story, stay tooned 🤩

Prestonpans bhoys

Rebus67

Do you remember those Andy Ritchie free kicks when he played for Morton, smashing!!

ASWGL

The UK Government have announced that the Home Office, and Immigration Department will begin deporting pensioners along with Illegals, in order to lower welfare benefits, and NHS costs.

A Government spokesman said pensioners are easier to catch, and many do not remember their way home. If you are of pension age, you are urged to notify your friends, relatives and next of kin, of this development, so they will know what has happened to you.

I started to cry when I thought of you all, then it dawned on me, I will see you all on the bus.

big packy

so its 1972, someone told me get down to the kilwinning sports club on pennyburn road, fantastic trio playing there, jimthetim53 on the euphonium ,sol kitts on the hammond organ, and cosy corner bhoy on drums, had a quick look never went back.🤩another true story🤩

ASWGL

Wee Joan ++
Great news 👏

big packy

ASWGL cheers pal👍

jimthetim53

Packy, I played my solo – The Carnival of Venice. Went down like a brick!

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
Great news about wee Joan, I’m so pleased for both of you.
😍

jimthetim53

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
I gave up playing with my organ when I married Mrs Kitts, and that’s a true story. 😂😂😎

Bigrailroadblues

SeS, always available if selected young fella. State time, place and alert Leggy. If he sobers up. 🙄

big packy

JIM fear not, sol kitts hammond organ sounded like a harmonica ,and i thought cosy corner bhoy was building a shed 🤩🤩

big packy

SOL🤩🤩

big packy

JIM, what a sound, wynton marsalis 👍

bada bing1

seems Elyounoussi is on a Bosman too….HH

jimthetim53

Packy, when I played in the Royal Albert Hall at the National Championships, Wynton Marsalis was the guest of honour at a Massed Band concert the night before. Words fail me for that guys talent and ability. He was wonderful. On the day of the contest as we were making our way to the stage, we passed the No.1 dressing room with ‘Wynton Marsalis’ on the door!

jimthetim53

oops spelling! I’ve corrected it, LOL 🙂

big packy

JIM as ive said what a musician ,and you should be proud you shared the stage with him👍

Evening all.

big packy, fantastic news regarding Joan’s health, as the saying goes ‘your health is your wealth’

Brian